Today I’m thrilled to have fellow Escape author, R.J. Groves on to chat about writing and her new book, Save the Date.
Hi R.J. Groves. Thanks for being a guest on my blog. It’s really exciting to have you here for the first time to celebrate your new release: Save the Date.
Can you tell us a little bit about your new novel?
Save the Date is a contemporary romance set in Perth, Australia. It follows a bridal seamstress, Andie, who has always believed in all things love and happily ever afters—to the point where she’s even booked her ideal wedding venue every two years, with or without a man present. But after a broken engagement a few months out from the wedding, she starts second guessing it all. Then she meets Tay, a grumpy billionaire and the brother of one of her clients who’s financing his sister’s wedding, and love is not in the cards for him. They soon find themselves bumping into each other more often than either would like, and discover their attraction is too strong to do nothing about. Except she’s everything he’s avoided for ten years, and he’s everything her ex was.
Is this a standalone novel or are you planning a little bit of a series?
Save the Date is the first book of The Bridal Shop series. The second book, Be My Valentine, releases in Feb, and I’m in the process of writing what I hope will be the third.
Authors are always being told it’s best to diversify in this ever-changing publishing environment. Do you write only contemporary romance, or do you also write in other genres too?
I love writing contemporary romance, but I’ve also released some romantic suspense and historical romances (westerns). I’m currently working on some rural romances, too.
What are you working on currently?
I always have a few works in progress since that’s what works for me, but my focus right now is on the third book of The Bridal Shop series and the second of a new firefighter series.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what led you to writing?
I love music, reading, coffee, gardening and baking (among other things). I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. I’ve always been passionate about reading and writing, but it wasn’t until I became a full-time mum that I realised I could actually make something out of it.
How long have you been writing for and what led you to being published?
I decided to take my writing to the next level in 2016 and indie published my first book at the start of 2017.
So you’re doing the hybrid publishing thing? What made you decided to go that way?
I indie published 17 titles before I had the opportunity to pitch to a publisher at a conference and I thought ‘why not?’. I’m glad I did!
Can you share with us your ‘Call’ story?
My first ‘call’ was actually an email. I may have screamed and ran around the house and reread the email a few hundred times. I just couldn’t believe it.
With your self-published titles, take us back to that moment your first book baby was up for pre-order.
Terrifying and exciting. I knew it wouldn’t be a get-rich-quick scheme because writing and publishing is a long-term thing, but seeing people buying and reading something you’ve poured your heart and soul into is a strange feeling. The whole ‘I love this so much’ thing and desperately hoping that your readers will love it as well.
What do you think is the best advice you could give to a new writer with an aspiration to being published?
Keep writing, and reading, and always be willing to take on any feedback and pieces of advice from those who are more experienced. It’s the only way to get better and to help your story reach its full potential.
What inspires you to keep writing?
Writing is more than just a passion for me. It’s not so much what inspires me to keep writing, but the fact that I have to write. It helps keep me centred and if I go for any period of time without writing then I start falling behind in everything else. Writing is my happy place.
Where do your writing ideas come from?
Generally when I’m half asleep or whenever I don’t have a pen and paper handy. It might be a split-second scene I see in passing, or a single line I overhear, a line of a song, anything that sparks a whole story in my head.
What are your pet peeves?
What are your favourite things?
Aside from reading and writing, I love my family, spending time in my garden, and going for drives. I could bake all day, and really, I don’t find cleaning all that bad when you get in the swing of it.
Thank you so much for being a guest on my blog today R.J. Groves. It was fun finding out a little bit more about you, your writing and your new novel, Save the Date.
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Australian author R.J. Groves has been passionate about writing since she could put pen to paper and can usually be found jotting plots and stories down on anything she can get her hands on. Describing herself as a mum, wife, author, and coffee lover, her other passions include music, cooking, books, adventures, and searching for plot bunnies in even the most mundane activities.
You can find out more about R.J. Groves at her website: www.rjgrovesauthor.com or on social media: